Vietnam River Cruise 2017-18

Vietnam River Cruise

 13 DAY – TREASURES OF THE MEKONG CRUISE

From:    $7290.00per person

FLY FREE – Inc Taxes

Available on selected departures between 13 Aug 2017 and 03 Feb 2018.

Certain cruises offer a further saving of $700.00 per couple (conditions apply)

Inspired by temples and traditions

Breathe in the essence of South East Asia during this enchanting journey from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

The people who reside along the banks of the Mekong River have learnt to coexist with this mighty waterway. All around are reminders of how nature and humanity can adapt and thrive, living in harmony with one another. After discovering the many riches of Ho Chi Minh City, a thriving metropolis filled with stories and adventures, you’ll spend the first night on board Scenic Spirit settling into the luxurious surrounds that will become like home. From the ancient hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey, where resplendent water views await, to the famous Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, Scenic will unveil a multitude of experiences to allow you to appreciate the beguiling nature of this landscape, letting you become one with this magnificent waterway.

13 Day Itinerary (Ho Chi Minh City > Siem Reap)

  • Day 1 – Ho Chi Minh City

    Highlights:
    Welcome reception
    Welcome to Vietnam. Relax at your historic hotel for the next two nights.

    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City

    Highlights:
    Enrich: Cu Chi Tunnels; Freechoice
    Enrich

    Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels with a Vietnam War Veteran.

     

    Freechoice

    Undertake a tour of Saigon’s Art galleries, or uncover this lively city on a popular vintage Vespa ride. Alternatively, discover the Reunification Palace and War Museum.

     

    Freechoice Dining

    Enjoy a meal at Square One at the Park Hyatt, or savour a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively, enjoy an international buffet at Restaurant Nineteen.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise

    Highlights:
    Discover Ho Chi Minh City
    Enjoy a leisurely walk around Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Central Post Office; take in the view from the Bietexco Building’s lookout before boarding your coach to My Tho where the luxurious Scenic Spirit awaits.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4 – Cai Be > Sa Dec

    Highlights:
    Freechoice; Sa Dec markets
     Freechoice

    Choose how adventurous you wish to be. Rise before sunrise and board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be Floating wholesale market before stopping at local industries and French colonial houses along the Mekong. Then either choose to return to the ship or continue exploring Dong Ha Hiep Island in smaller long tail boats to explore the smaller tributaries and fruit farms. Alternatively relish a sleep in before savouring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House with local musicians and cultural demonstrations.

    Later, after a short cruise up river, immerse yourself in today’s second shore excursion, the historic town of Sa Dec. From your sampan disembark, explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant and the local Fuijian Chinese temple.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 – Tan Chau

    Highlights:
    Freechoice; Gala ball
    After an overnight cruise, anchor at Tan Chau.

     

    Freechoice

    Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and the local Cao Dai Temple with a ride in a cyclo. Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Firstly visit a family-operated fish farm, walk through a local Cham village and take a cyclo ride around Chau Doc. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Cham Mountain and a local Khmer village.

    Tonight is your themed gala ball so be prepared for an enchanting evening on board with musicians and dancing.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 – Tan Chau > Phnom Penh

    Highlights:
    Discover Phnom Penh
     Partake in some on board activities whilst awaiting clearance from Cambodian immigration. Spend the afternoon gently sailing towards Phnom Penh, taking the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or some solitude on your own private balcony as you watch the scenery pass you by. Enjoy sunset from on deck as you begin to see the lights of Phnom Penh in the distance. Tonight is yours to explore the night life of Phnom Penh.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 – Phnom Penh

    Highlights:
    Enrich: High Tea and puppet show
    Freechoice

    Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Russian Market as well as its modern architecture.

    After lunch at a local NGO restaurant who teaches street kids hospitality skills, travel by Tuk Tuk to the National Museum, Royal Palace and the famous Silver Pagoda.

     

    Enrich

    Arrive in style by cyclo to immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal for an indulgent high tea. Enjoy an exclusive private shadow puppet and masked dance performance accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 – Oudong > Kampong Tralach > Kho Chen

    Highlights:
    Enrich: Monk blessing
    After a short cruise from Phnom Penh to Prek K’dam, board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the mountain stupas, pagoda and monastery.

     

    Enrich

    Receive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before giving a donation of food, contributing to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

    Drive a short distance north to visit Wat Kampong Tralach to learn of its complex history before experiencing an ox cart ride through local villages back to Scenic Spirit which has sailed north to meet you. After lunch on board, disembark for a visit to the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9 – Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

    Highlights:
    Wat Nokor
     Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery.
    Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise. Back on board, your journey continues downstream to Kampong Cham where you will discover the legend of Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill), and explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok. Visit Wat Nokor, an 11th century temple with a modern pagoda built within. Later, return to the comfort of your ship for a champagne farewell reception and dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10 – Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap

    Highlights:
    Khmer bridge; Freechoice Dining
    Drive to Siem Reap with stops at a stone cutters village, Kampong Thom and Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei. Be greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival at your hotel your stylish special stay for the next three nights.

     

    Freechoice Dining

    Relax at the Dining Room restaurant, or choose from Italian or Khmer at local restaurants.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 – Siem Reap

    Highlights:
    Enrich: Angkor restoration talk
     Delve into Ta Prohm and Preah Khan temples.

     

    Enrich

    Learn about an initiative that trains local Cambodian archaeologists to take over the ongoing temple maintenance.

    Discover Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and the Elephant Terrace before stopping at Angkor Wat for late afternoon photos.

     

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between Khmer cuisine or French Fusion.

    Take your VIP seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 12 – Siem Reap

    Highlights:
    Enrich: Sunrise Angkor Wat; Apsara Temple dinner
     Enrich

    Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat with a glass of champagne. Afterwards walk through the temple before taking an included tethered balloon ride for spectacular aerial views.

     

    Freechoice

    Visit Banteay Srei and the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temple and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap.

     

    Enrich

    Tonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner, drinks and show surrounded by Apsara dancers performing in front of floodlit and candle-lit temple ruins.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 13 – Siem Reap

    Highlights:
    Farewell
    Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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